MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/04/08

Tuesday Bulletin for November 4th, 2008

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Conferences | Jobs


Thursday, November 6, 2008

"The Lost' Boys of the Sudan: Recounting a Personal Experience," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Jacob Atem, Lifelong Graduate Student (Public Health, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

"`Racial Representation of the Worst Sort': The African Franchise and Decolonization in Central Africa," Department of History speaker series with Luise White, Faculty, ( History, University of Florida), 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Room 340 Morrill Hall.

Friday, November 7, 2008

"Rising World Food Prices and the Political Economy of Food in Eastern and Southern Africa," CASID/WID Friday Forum with Thom Jayne, Faculty (Dept. of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Welcome reception for eight-member delegation from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The reception is from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., on the 3rd floor of the International Center. (See MSU Announcements below for further details).

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"Developments in Higher Education in South Africa," Special brown bag talk by a team of scholars from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Port Elizabeth, South Africa), focused on developments in higher education in South Africa and specifically at NMMU, 12:00 noon, Room 204 International Center.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"On the Process of Retail Modernization in Africa," Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics Brown Bag talk by David Tschirley, Faculty (Ag Econ, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 75 Agricultural Hall.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

No Brown Bag due to the African Studies Association Annual Meetings in Chicago

Sunday, November 16, 2008

MSU Global Festival, noon to 5:00 p.m., MSU Union Building (See MSU Announcements below for further details).

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"AFROGANZA" African Culture Week festivities begin Tuesday, November 18th, ending with the GALA on Saturday, November 22, 2008. (See MSU Announcements for further details.).

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"Tourism and Wildlife Conservation in Africa: Measuring the Impacts on Rural Households," Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics Brown Bag talk by Robert Richardson, Faculty (Dept. of Community, Agriculture & Resource Studies), & Ms. Ana Fernandez, Grad. Student (Ag., Food & Resource Econ., MSU) 12:00 noon, Room 75 Agricultural Hall.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

"Socioeconomic and Agro-ecological Incentives and Constraints to Agro-forestry Adoption: a Cautionary Tale from Southern Malawi," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Dorothy Sirrine, Post-doctoral Researcher (Environmental Studies, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

Friday, November 21, 2008

"Is Food Security Achievable in a Nitrogen-Poor World with Finite Fertilizer?" CASID/WID Friday Forum with Sieglinde Snapp, Faculty (Dept. of Crop & Soil Sciences, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Delegation

Michigan State University is hosting an eight-member delegation from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. During their visit, the delegation of scholars and practitioners will explore various approaches used at Michigan State University to support a strong learning environment in all aspects of the students' experiences, including the classrooms and the residence halls. Please join us as we welcome the NMMU delegation on Monday, November 10 and also, feel free to attend the brown bag talk on Tuesday, November 11.

MSU Global Festival 2008, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008

The Global Festival's mission is to foster understanding between the Michigan State University (MSU) International community and the Greater Lansing area. The goal is to create a five-hour global event to promote international relations and understanding between these communities. This is accomplished through international exhibits, games, performances, demonstrations, cuisine and the World Gift Shop. Admission is Free! Please direct questions to the Global Festival Co-Directors: Peggy Arbanas or Nicole Namy at:

African Culture Week - November 18-22, 2008

"AFROGANZA: Celebration of Rich African Culture," will begin on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 with the Gala night on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at MacDonald Middle School. More information will follow as the date gets closer. Please mark your calendar.

Spring Course Announcement

AFR 102B & AFR 202B: Hausa Language

4 credits, Instructor: Abdul Salau.

Do you want to learn about West Africa? Are you looking for a fun language to fulfil your language requirements? The Hausa language course offers small classes, students get a mixture of language and culture, and receive informative access to the Islamic world of West Africa. For more information, contact Professor Abdul Salau at 517-353-0746; e-mail:

NUR 402: International Health (on-line course),

3 credits, Instructor: Connie Currier

This course will provide a general understanding of factors/dynamics that affect the health of human populations and efforts to improve it. The course will address: 1) the cultural context of health and illness, 2) international health and population status, and 3) the role of international agencies in policy setting and program development. The course is open to graduate and undergraduate students, and nursing and non-nursing majors. For more information contact: Connie Currier, DrPH,MPH at 432-1162; e-mail:


Study of Africa In Africa: Nigeria Summer 2009

The Department of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint is organizing a study abroad trip to Imo State University in Nigeria. The trip takes place from June 25 to July 17, 2009. This study will cover subjects in areas of Education, Literature, Culture, History, Drama, Religion, Politics, Health Science, Art, Music, and Agriculture. Students may choose from a variety of community engagements and field study: visit schools, hospitals, government agencies, markets, urban and rural development projects, etc. For more information contact: Dr. Ernest N. Emenyonu at (810) 762-3280; e-mail:


Title VI 50th Anniversary Conf. March 19-21, 2009

CFP - Deadline November 3, 2008

The Office of the Dean of International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University (MSU) and the U.S. Department of Education's International Education Programs Service (IEPS) are pleased to announce a national conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title VI funding. This conference will be held March 19-21, 2009 in Washington, D.C. at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capital Hill. Additional information can be found at the conference website,

The open call submission system for group panel presentation and individual presenters will accept submissions until November 3, 2008. Thematic tracks include: 1) Title VI and National and Global Security; 2) Language Competence: Performance, Proficiency and Certification; 3) Area Studies and the Disciplines; 4) Crossing Boundaries; 5) Global Competitiveness; 6) Internationalizing Higher Education; 7) Benchmarking and Assessment; and 8) Future Directions for Title VI and Fulbright-Hays Programs.

Questions about the conference or problems with the on-line submission site should be sent to the conference e-mail: If you have further questions, please contact one of the conference organizers:

Robert S. Glew, Ph.D. Director, Center for Advanced

Study of International Development (CASID), Michigan

State University, 202 International Center, East Lansing,

MI 48824-1035; Tel: (517)-353-4818;

G. Tomas M. Hult, Ph.D., Director, Center for

International Business Education and Research

(CIBER), The Eli Broad Graduate School of

Management, Michigan State University, 7 Eppley Center

East Lansing, MI 48824-1121; (517)-353-4336;

Marita Eibl, M.A., Assistant Conference Coordinator,

Center for Advanced Study of International

Development (CASID), Michigan State University, 202

International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035;


3rd Annual Black Religion & Spirituality Conference

The 3rd Annual Black Religion & Spirituality in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities will be held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the MSU campus, November 19-21, 2008. Guest speakers include: Dean Bernard Richardson, Dr. Sherman Jackson, Dr. Harriette McAdoo, Rodney Whitaker, and Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.

For registration and other information, contact Dr. Gloria Smith at or call (517) 432-8222, ext. 137. MSU students, faculty and staff are complementary, excluding meals.

10 Years of The Institute for the African Child

Ohio University's Institute for the African Child (IAC) will celebrate 10 years at this conference entitled "including children" on March 12-14, 2009.

This conference will celebrate 10 years of growth of the IAC, assess the current state of knowledge about childhood in Africa and directions for the future. The conference will provide opportunities to interact, network and connect with colleagues and organizations working with Africa's children and studying the issues that impact them. To register, or for proposal and submission information, please visit and click on Conferences/ Workshops. Proposals should be a 200 word abstract and submitted by December 16, 2008.


Sub-Saharan African History - Missouri State Univ.

The History Department at Missouri State University - Springfield anticipates an August 17, 2009 opening for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in Sub-Saharan African History or related field. Teaching responsibilities include courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs. All periods and specializations in Sub-Saharan African History are welcome. Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. by the beginning of appointment and demonstrate promise of distinction in scholarship and teaching.

The salary is competitive and will be commensurable with qualifications, experience, and rank. Applicants should either apply on line or send a letter of application, C.V., graduate transcripts and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Jamaine Abidogun, African History Search Committee, History Department, Missouri State University, 901 South National, Springfield, MO 65897.

See for full description of position and to apply online. Deadline for receiving applications is November 21, 2008 or until filled.

Lectureship, African Politics - Cambridge University

Applications are invited for the newly-established David and Elaine Potter Lectureship in Human Rights and Governance, with a particular focus on human rights in Africa, from 1st July 2009 or as soon as possible thereafter. The post will be based in the new Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), which is being formed by the union of the Centre of International Studies and the Department of Politics. Applications are welcome from any discipline relevant to the study of human rights and governance.

Applicants will be assessed on their capacity and commitment to lead the development of a new Centre of Human Rights and Governance, on their quality and potential as researchers and research supervisors, and on their ability to contribute to teaching for the BA and M.Phil programmes in the Department. Applications should be sent by e-mail to: by 24th November 2008.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a personal statement and the University's Cover Sheet for Employment Form PD18 (Parts 1 and 111 need only be completed.). The form may be obtained from the Faculty's website at Applications should also include the names, addresses and contact details of three referees, who should send references by November 24th to: Secretary to the Appointments Committee, Faculty

of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ; e-mail

Further particulars may be obtained from the site:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Andrew Gamble or Professor Christopher Hill

Page Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D.

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